(September 24, 2015; Sebastopol, CA)—Internationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs has announced that his import portfolio, founded in 1994, is repositioning itself as Paul Hobbs Selections effective immediately. Paul Hobbs Selections is a leading importer and marketing partner for small, family-owned, estate-driven wineries dedicated to farming and vinifying distinctive wines, which are benchmarks of quality and value from their respective growing regions.
After sparking a revolution with Argentine Malbec in 1993, Paul Hobbs began to successfully import premium South American wines to the US in 1994. Over the next twenty-one years the portfolio grew as he added wineries from France, Canada, Chile, and Argentina that share the same dedication and attention to grape growing and winemaking which Hobbs employs at his eponymous winery in California.
“We have chosen the name “Paul Hobbs Selections” because it reflects the high-end quality, estate-focused wines in the portfolio, and Paul Hobbs’ personal relationship and respect for each producer. While the Argentine economy has fluctuated in recent years and lower-tier wines growth has slowed, the fine wine category has soared. We believe our new name aligns with these key facts,” said General Manager Mark Evans.
Paul Hobbs Selections is the exclusive US importer for the following producers:
Viña Cobos is Argentina’s leading luxury winery and was founded in 1997 when Paul Hobbs and his Argentine partners Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud teamed up to produce world-class wines with a true sense of place. The winery’s full range—Cobos, Bramare and Felino—explores different terroirs within Mendoza’s premier growing areas. For more information: Viña Cobos
Alto Limay is a collaboration between Paul Hobbs and Familia Schroeder to explore and develop Pinot Noir from Patagonia Argentina, the new frontier of Argentine winemaking, according to Paul Hobbs. For more information: Alto Limay
Crocus is Paul Hobbs’ partnership with Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, which came to fruition in 2011 and focuses on Malbec from Cahors, France. The wines marry the Vigouroux family’s experience as producers in Cahors since 1887, with Hobbs’s vision, discipline and methodology with the Malbec varietal. For more information: Crocus
El Porvenir de Cafayate is an innovative winery which represents the Romero family’s vision of the future of Cafayate, Argentina. Producing small lots of 100% estate Torrontés and Tannat wines, the winery is rooted in the family’s love of Cafayate’s terroir and its people. For more information: El Porvenir de Cafayate
Pulenta Estate is owned by Eduardo and Hugo Pulenta, and has been a prominent force in Argentine viticulture for three generations. The winery produces three lines: Pulenta Gran, produced from the finest blocks in each of the estate vineyards; Pulenta Estate, 100% estate bottled wines of the highest caliber; and La Flor, which are bottled earlier and possess a softer tannin structure. All wines are 100% estate farmed with an emphasis on balance and elegance. For more information: Pulenta Estate
Riglos is a single-estate, high elevation winery based in Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Born from the pioneering spirit of owners Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern, the winery focuses on producing powerful, distinct wines that reflect the Alto Valle de Uco terroir. For more information: Riglos
Stratus is a sustainable and innovative winery located in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario wine country. In 2005, Stratus became the first fully LEED-certified winery in the world. It is dedicated to growing and producing limited quantities of premium wine. The winery is led by winemaker Jean-Laurent ‘J-L’ Groux, a native of the Loire Valley in France. For more information: Stratus
Viña Pérez Cruz is a single-estate winery based in the eastern Maipo Valley of Chile. The Pérez Cruz family’s central drive is to express the estate’s terroir through wines of character, combining tradition with modernity. For more information: Viña Pérez Cruz